Surf & Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua
Northern Nicaragua is Rise Up’s original destination where the owners of Rise Up have called home for over fifteen years. Our connection to the community and passion for this perfectly isolated surf spot in Nicaragua makes this one of the most authentic surf retreats in Central America!
Note: we currently run retreats in 2 different resorts in Nicaragua—make sure to check out our secondary Nicaragua location, Eco Bay Resort.
Surf amongst palm trees on the black sand beaches of Northern Nicaragua. From small long-boarding waves, to fast and barreling A-frames, surfing in Nicaragua is great for all levels and for anyone who wants to learn how to surf. The beach directly in front of the resort has a right and left point break and beach break in the middle. We are also a short drive from the famous “Boom”—one of the best waves in the world to learn how to get barrelled. Because of our isolated location, this is where you can surf the emptiest waves in Nicaragua, and we make sure to take you to the best breaks each day based on the conditions.
Looking for more of an advanced guided surf experience? Ask us about our Quest Package.
- 6 days of personalized surf coaching
- Intro to surfing
- Beach session
- Surf theory classes
- Paddle school
- Video analysis
- 1:1 feedback
- Professional surf photos (extra cost)
- Daily transport to and from the best surf breaks
Whether you’re new to yoga, practice every day, or love meditation, you’ll quickly fall into rhythm while overlooking the ocean. In an open air platform amongst the teak trees is where you’ll unwind between surf sessions. Yoga is offered daily by highly experienced teachers who tailor classes to the needs of the group—the perfect compliment to surfing and a way to connect with yourself and feel your best.
Learn how the locals do! Get to know the place where Rise Up began. Nicaragua is where much of our Rise Up familia staff call home, and we are very proud to be part of this community. The week is packed full of adventures so you can immerse yourself in the land of lakes and volcanoes.
- Horseback ride on the beach and into the sunset
- Get your adrenaline up and go volcano boarding—Nicaragua is one of the only places you can do this in the world!
- Learn how to make tortillas the local way
- Take a boat trip and wake surf through the estuary
- Get involved with our NGO, Rise Up Kids!
Our food philosophy at Rise Up is centered around fueling your body properly for the week using fresh and local ingredients. Our chefs create delicious and nutritious meals that cater to every kind of dietary need. We enjoy all of our meals family-style in the open-air thatched roof dining area. We include 4 healthy meals a day, plus appetizers and dessert! You will surely face each day feeling happy and healthy.
Here’s an example of a daily menu:
- Cold breakfast: fresh fruit, banana bread, homemade peanut butter, yogurt, coconut & almond granola, fresh juice of the day, coffee and tea
- Hot brunch: mango-chia chocolate yogurt cup, scrambled eggs, tomato basil salad, roasted veggies, avocado toast, and gallo pinto (a Nicaragua favorite!)
- Lunch: veggie burger with beetroot hummus, cabbage salad, and fried plantain
- Appetizer: local fish ceviche!
- Dinner: thai green curry, green mango with friend rice
- Dessert: roasted banana with rum toffee sauce and coconut cookie
At Rise Up, you are treated like family from the moment you arrive in Nicaragua. The week is designed to make you feel at home, connect with yourself, and with other amazing people. The Rise Up Familia—our guests and staff—come from all different backgrounds and walks of life and can’t wait to share an incredible week with you!
Our space in remote Northern Nicaragua is a tranquil, open-air, and eco-friendly resort that rests on a 19-acre teak farm. You will wake up and fall asleep to the sound of the waves in an oceanside cabana, go for peaceful walks on the beach, and relax in a shaded hammock by the pool. Steps away from your stone and teak casita is a private pathway to one of the most beautiful beaches in Nicaragua. The intimate resort is truly one of the most beautiful places to stay—a minimalist’s dream!
- 4 cozy beachfront cabanas
- Alfresco showers (shower under the stars!)
- Private patio with hammock
- Ocean view
- Ceiling fans
- WiFi – but we recommend disconnecting!
“The Rise Up Surf Retreat was seriously the best surf camp I have ever been to. The resort is beautiful and the staff is amazing. I enjoyed every single minute of my stay and didn't want to leave at the end of the week. Because of my surf coach, my surf has improved so much during the week like never before. They take your level of surf and goals really serious and always find the right spot and waves for you. I have never felt more comfortable in the water. Not to forget the great yoga and the most amazing food. Rise Up is all about really really good service. I'm still stoked and super grateful for all the experiences I enjoyed with Rise Up! Go and get your space, I'm 100% sure you won't regret it."BillySolo Travaler
“From the moment they pick you up at the airport till the morning you leave, the staff and ownership are committed to making sure your stay is perfect.The waves and coaches are amazing and the food is delicious. The accommodations are clean, comfortable and overlook a beautiful beach where we surfed each night at sunset. I can’t imagine a more complete surf retreat. Daily yoga overlooking the ocean and mid day relaxation time perfectly balance out the hours of surfing each day. Volcano boarding, horseback riding, and the estuary trip are so much fun. I’m a self taught surfer and I’ve always wanted coaching to take my surf to the next level, so between the high quality surf coaching and the other details, this is any surfers dream vacation. My fiancé and I just booked our return trip!”JulieTraveled with partner
"I didn’t want to write this review. Because over the last six years, Rise Up was my little secret. So it is with great hesitancy that I say go to Rise Up, it is simply the best surf camp experience you can have. Just try not to go when I’m there, I still kind of want it to myself.”KevinTraveled with friends
"Rise up is incredibly special. They’ve got the surf and yoga retreat concept completely dialled. Always great people, good vibes and fun surf. Once you get off your plane in Managua, Rise up takes over from there and provides a top notch experience. Can’t say enough good things about this company. They get it....and if you didn’t before, by the time you leave a Rise Up retreat, you get it too."NicolaSolo Traveler
"This was the best vacation my husband and I have ever taken. It was relaxing; Rise Up took care of everything from the schedule to the food to the surfboards. It was fun; surfing every day has got to be the best thing you can do for your mental and physical health, and the extra trips like volcano boarding and the boat trip were a really fun time to hang out with everyone on the trip. It was an accomplishment; I came in hoping to learn to catch my own waves for the first time, and my coach, Melky, made sure that happened while still having fun! If you want to visit Central America, learn to surf, and also give back—this is the absolute best thing you could do."AnnaTraveled with partner
What makes this package so unique?
*Note: Because of our isolated location, be prepared for a three hour drive to the Northern Pacific coast once we pick you up from the airport!
- Alcoholic drinks
- Tips for staff
Photos from Nicaragua
$1950 – Twin/Double Room
Prices are per person in $US
January 9th – 16th
January 16th – 23rd: Eco Bay*
January 23rd – 30th: Eco Bay*
January 30th – February 6th
February 6th – 20th
February 20th – 27th
February 27th – March 6th
March 6th – 13th
March 13th – 20th
March 20th – 27th
March 27th – April 3rd
April 3rd – 10th
April 10th – 17th
April 17th – 24th
May 1st – 8th
May 15th – 22nd
May 29th – June 4th